What eating world's hottest chilli pepper can do to you


In addition to the feeling that you have just put a live coal in your mouth, you may weep, vomit and wonder where in your life you took a wrong turn.

The headaches were so painful that the man went to the emergency room. Thunderclap headaches are severe, sudden, with quick pains that strike like a clap of thunder rumbling through your skull.

Eating the world's hottest chilli left a 34-year-old man in hospital with excruciating headaches and neck pain. "He waited for a few days but kept on getting a headache again and again, so he came to the ER".

As a result, he was diagnosed with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS), said to be caused by the hot pepper.

RCVS is characterised by temporary artery narrowing often accompanied by a thunderclap headache.

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"Given the development of symptoms immediately after exposure to a known vasoactive substance [substances that cause constriction of blood vessels], it is plausible that our patient had RCVS secondary to the Carolina Reaper", the authors wrote. A bird's eye chilli - small and hot enough for most spice-lovers - contains up to 225,000.

The Carolina Reaper now holds the Guinness World Record for hottest chili pepper. He had no further thunderclap headaches.

So what exactly happened to the man who ate the hot pepper?

And his had slightly high blood pressure of 134/69mm Hg.

The Carolina Reaper, which supermarket giant Tesco stocked last summer, is so hot that people are supposed to wear gloves when they handle it.

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The Reaper was bred to reach record levels of heat.

In comparison, a Jalapeno pepper typically rates between 2,500 to 5,000 units on the scale - around 400 times less than a Carolina Reaper.

In November 2016, a new record of 120 grammes (just over four ounces) of Carolina Reaper were eaten in one minute at a competition in Arizona. But Smokin Ed, as he calls himself, also gave the impression that was not such a bad thing.

"This is the first time that pepper has been related to RCVS", Gunasekaran said.

As readers who have had the dubious pleasure of watching combative cooking-themed television shows such as Man v. Food already know, sometimes the simple act of eating can take on an unpleasant aspect of machismo and challenge. He has a partnership with a company that produces them.

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Effectively, the Scoville Scale reflects the concentration of capsaicin, a neuropeptide-releasing agent found in all members of the pepper family. I had to leave work early and go to hospital.